Land of Knowledge / Zemlja znanja
Saša Ban, Croatia, 2011.
Directed by: Saša Ban
Script: Saša Ban, Nevenka Sablić, Vanja Siruček
Producer: Dana Budisavljević
Production company: HULAHOP d.o.o.
Cinematography: Hrvoje Franjić
Editing: Vanja Siruček
Music: Aleksandar Antić, Luka Barbić
Running time: 65'
On 20 April 2009, the students of the Zagreb Faculty of Philosophy take over control over their faculty. They demand from Croatian government to cancel all forms of payment for higher education. During the blockade, the students make all their decisions by applying direct democracy. Thus, their Plenum, a body composed of several hundreds of students, becomes the main character of the film. Simultaneously, we follow another reality, the one of media, and the politically relevant persons who 'live' in it and make decisions about our present and future. 'Land of Knowledge' is a document of the 35 days of the blockade of the faculty, during which time the government ignores the students.
Awards and Festivals
Sarajevo Film Festival 2011
Saša Ban was born in Zagreb in 1978. He is a film director and a professor of philosophy and comparative literature. He makes documentary programs for Croatian Radiotelevision, commercial films, short feature films and documentaries. He is currently working on the script for his long feature film. ‘Land of Knowledge' is his feature documentary debut.
Location and screening schedule:
EUROPA CINEMA, Wednesday, October 19th at 9.00
TUŠKANAC CINEMA, Wednesday, October 19th at 16.30
DOCUCINEMA CROATIA, Thursday, October 20th at 19.00
TUŠKANAC CINEMA, Sunday, October 23rd at 16.00